CLOVIS, Calif. – A Native American student plans to wear an eagle feather to his high school graduation after a court fight with a central California school district over the sacred object.
Christian Titman sued the district this week, saying officials refused to let him attach the 5-inch feather from a tassel on his graduation cap. The 18-year-old is scheduled to graduate Thursday night from Clovis High School, about 10 miles northeast of Fresno.
His Pit River Tribe considers eagle feathers sacred and symbolic of a significant accomplishment.
District officials said they had a strict graduation dress code and previously refused to allow stoles, leis, rosaries and necklaces on caps and gowns.
The case went to court before the sides agreed that Titman could wear the feather in his hair and attach it to his cap for the tassel turn.